A little while ago I came across a video on YouTube which was a short recording of the return of a dead New Zealand soldier to his homeland and to be greeted by his comrades, the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing the haka.
The haka is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.
War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals.
I defy anyone to watch this and not be moved, particularly at the respect of all the soldiers to their fallen comrade. I think what makes it more emotional is the silence at the end of the haka.
I can think of no finer way for a fallen soldier to be shown respect and dignity than this Maori challenge.